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For Immediate Release: May 20, 2013
Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250
Schenectady County Community College To Present Scholarships and Awards to Students During 42nd Honors Convocation
New Scholarships Among Those At Ceremony That Honors Academic Achievement, Service to College and Community
A scholarship established by a well-known area restaurateur and SCCC alumnus is among more than 100 scholarships and awards that Schenectady County Community College will present to students during the College's 42nd Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 23, at 10 a.m. in the Taylor Auditorium.
The new Mazzone Hospitality Scholarship was created this year by Angelo Mazzone '74, Owner and CEO of Mazzone Hospitality, and will cover more than half of next year's tuition for a full-time or part-time returning student enrolled in either the Culinary Arts or Hotel and Restaurant Management degree program. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the recipient needs to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a Mazzone Hospitality employee.
Mazzone, who graduated from SCCC with a degree in Hotel Technology, has been a strong supporter of the College and its students in the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism, hiring many SCCC students and graduates at his restaurants including Glen Sanders Mansion, Aperitivo Bistro, Prime at Saratoga National and Angelo's Prime Bar and Grill.
"I am so happy to be able to create the Mazzone Hospitality Scholarship for SCCC," Mazzone said. "The College has been, and continues to be, such a huge part of my life. I never forget where I came from, and always try to give back to those who gave me so much. SCCC opened up many doors for me. I would not be where I am today without my education."
This year, the College will present three other new scholarships as part of the celebration recognizing the academic and civic achievements of SCCC students.
The Key Bank Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time or part-time student who is a permanent resident of the 10-county Capital Region area, has a minimum grade-point average of 2.5, and has a history of community involvement. The SCCC Faculty Association Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time returning student, or a student planning to transfer the following semester to a four-year college, who is matriculated in any degree program and has a minimum grade-point average of 3.2. And the First New York Federal Credit Union Education Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time, returning student who is a graduate of a Schenectady County high school. Eligibility is based on academic achievement with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
The SCCC Foundation organizes Honors Convocation each year and Michael Wollman, Chair of the SCCC Foundation Board of Directors, said that presenting scholarships is extremely rewarding.
"The SCCC Foundation is proud to be presenting more than $164,000 in scholarships to 114 of our best and brightest students at Honors Convocation," Wollman said. "We appreciate the support of all of our generous donors who make these scholarships possible – thereby helping our students achieve their academic goals."
In addition to Honors Convocation, SCCC's Commencement will also take place on Thursday, May 23. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. at Proctors.
About SCCC: One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers 46 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs.
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